We are still within the period when it’s acceptable to say, ‘Happy New Year!’ so it’s not entirely too late to reflect on the mishaps of 2017. My most regrettable ‘Ls’ of this past year were to do with impulse purchases of skincare and beauty products. It seems like every time I buy something on a whim, it never works out for me. I’ve listed a few products that I could’ve done without and the reasons why.
1. Sleek Cream Contour Kit
I was excited at the prospect of doing my whole face with one product. My foundation, concealer and contour shades are all in here. This would be perfect for travelling and all those weekends away, however the formula is so oily that nothing actually stays on my skin. It doesn’t blend well, it doesn’t set well and if I do apply it, it moves and floats on my face all day, even with a primer. I’ve tried the Makeup Revolution Pro HD Camouflage in Med-Dark and it’s less oily and gives better coverage, although the shade range isn’t as good as the Sleek Palette
2. Revlon Colorstay Brow Crayon
What I thought this product was and what it turned out to be are completely different things.I expected a thick pencil with lots of pigment, in a heavy base that just smooths all the brow hairs into formation. What I got was slightly tinted Vaseline. When would you ever need something like that on your brows? Until I find a decent brow pomade, I will carry on with my brow pencil and brown mascara combination. That’s what I get for trying to fix something that isn’t broken.
L’Oreal True Match Concealer
This had to be one of the most hyped beauty products of 2017, and for what?! After falling in love with the True Match Foundation, I expected the concealers to be just as good. Finally, the huge gap on the drugstore market for concealers for dark skin tones would be narrowed. What fueled the hype-train was the comparison with NARS Creamy Radiance which I can tell you right now, is
bullshit a false comparison. It’s not creamy, it’s runny. It gives very poor coverage and to top it all off, there’s something volatile in there, I’m guessing alcohol, that when you apply it under your eyes, it starts to evaporate and makes your eyes water. They really need to reformulate this!
Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray
This is another case of what you expect vs. what you get. Urban Decay claims, “…it controls oil, deflects surface shine and keeps skin looking beautifully matte.” No, no and no sis. If your skin is combination-oily or worse, that claim may not hold water at all. I actually found that the ‘All Nighter’ setting sprays works a lot better and keeps me reasonably matte for longer but I’ve since ditched both after finding that the L’Oreal Infalliable Fixing Mist works best for me.
Pixi Glow Mist
Moving on to skincare,I got the Pixi Glow Mist in the Glamour Beauty Festival Goodie Bag. It is a face mist containing a blend of essential oils including lavender, tea trea, thyme and rose flower oil, as well as sodium hyluronate (sodium salt of the beloved hyaluronic acid), which is great at keeping skin hydrated and niacinamide which has a soothing effect, among other functions. This didn’t work for me as I found the blend of essential oils quite irritating. The other thing is that the oil and water phases don’t mix well and I ended up with shiny patches where the oil settled, which is more apparent on my darker complexion.
Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing Pads
If you are part of the Glamour Beauty Club (join here for free!) you get free samples to try out and all you have to do is submit your opinion of the product. You don’t pay anything. That’s how I got to the Glycolic Cleansing Pads by Nip + Fab, and to be honest, I liked them. Why are they in this post? Because they are expensive and there is a much cheaper equivalent on the high street; the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Pads. They have pretty much the same formulation, yet cost much less. £5.99 vs £12.95.
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone
My gripe with The Ordinary as a brand is how their stock control is just appalling. Demand is high and they know it, yet popular products are almost always out of stock. At the time of writing this post, this product was out of stock. Ha!
Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants out there and is what you need to be using if you want to even out your skin tone. When I did finally get my hands on this Vitamin C Suspension, I couldn’t use it past the first week because I found it to be very irritating. The packaging does say you will feel a tingling sensation, which should go after a short while, but seemed to linger a little too long for me. I can’t apply thing in the morning as I just feel like scratching my makeup off all day so, I need to figure out if I can fit this into my nighttime routine.
Now, just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean that it is immediately condemned to the bin. If I spend my money on something, I do my best to find a way to make it work*. There are probably products in this post that other people swear by and that’s fine. What works for me may not work for someone else and vice versa. I’ve left a lot of products out because I’m way over my 500-word count but, here’s to better-informed purchases going forward.
*Except for bad books. Life it too short to finish bad books.